He’s a composer, a producer; a rare breed of audio illusionist, capable of transforming the elements of music into whatever atmosphere the script demands. For three decades the musical skill of Paul Mills has been the invisible supporting character of every documentary, every feature film he has scored.
Just as the director controls what is seen on The Big Screen, the film’s composer helps to orchestrate what is felt. And with a deliberately unnoticed hand Mills has musically stirred the emotions of over 20 features; recently adding to his ‘score’ board the critically acclaimed, ‘Woodlawn,’ and the inspirational blockbuster, ‘War Room.’
Born in the panhandle of North Texas, the boy from Dumas was drawn to the piano early on. Once his fingers found those ivory keys, Mills easily worked his way up the ascending scales to graduate Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. The ink on his University of Houston diploma was barely dry when Paul was tapped to be the on-the-road keyboardist for artists Twila Paris and Scott Wesley Brown. And in no time the musician became synonymous with the emerging 80’s innovation, the MIDI synthesizer.
When Paul wasn’t sitting at a keyboard, he was hovering over the knobs and buttons of a soundboard; training his ear to the subtle frequencies of mixing music. In those early years Mills gained a wide diversity of engineering experience in local Houston recording studios and area churches. Eventually his tuned ear was contributing to the recordings of inspirational artists like Joe English and Petra; Top 10 artists such as Air Supply, live Sammy Hagar concerts, and assisting in the recording of B.B. King’s 1984 Grammy award winning collection.
From the beginning, Paul’s musical gift has been a combination of natural talent and disciplined experience; mixed with a subtle, but tangible spark of spirituality. If this musician has an advantage over others in his field it would, no doubt, be that intimate element of inspiration. Not only has this quality enhanced his experienced ear, it has also informed his intuition for choosing just the right combination of voice, instrument, words and music. And that unique sense of ‘balance’ is what has propelled Paul Mills into one of the busiest and most successful music producers in Music’s capital city.